The Future of a Promise Catalogue

"This exhibition is not a promise to actively engage with nor reflect upon the socio-political and cultural realities of a region, but to use the aesthetic as a potentially pivotal tool in realigning how social and political orders understand the role and importance of culture in discussions about globalisation, modernism, civic society, open debate, political change, freedom of expression, justice and equality, and the overarching need for institutional infrastructures to support culture as an expression of communities throughout the region."

Anthony Downey & Lina Lazaar


The Future of a Promise was the Venice Biennale’s first pan-Arab exhibition of contemporary art. This landmark exhibition was accompanied by a pocket-size exhibition guide as well as a fully illustrated catalogue in English, produced by Ibraaz Publishing, and edited by Dr. Anthony Downey and Associate Editor Lina Lazaar. It includes essays by the editors, Samir Kassir and Rachida Triki, and an interview with Muslim scholar Mohamed Talbi.

The Future of a Promise catalogue is available from all good bookshops or online from Amazon. In all cases please quote the ISBN: 9780956914606

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